Thursday, December 07, 2006

Scenes - Kuching-Sarikei Road Trip Part 1

Landmark tree at the Serian exit - 2006

ravelling from Kuching to Sarikei by road can be fun if you drive with friends (4.5hrs) or it can be a bumpy "are-we-there-yet?" trip by coach (6.5hrs) on the pan-Borneo highway. One of the big transit towns is Serian. Look out for that gigantic tree as you exit Serian (name of tree?)

Totem pole with Sarawak motifs, Lachau - 2006

Kayan Totem Pole, Kuching's Sarawak Museum - 2006

One of the popular rest stops is Lachau. You can eat kolo mee (noodles), have a tea and pee break. Then buy some snacks from the shops or local fruits and vegetables from the natives. The relatively new landmark is a piece of contemporary interpretaion of the classic Kayan totem pole (compare the arts in the pictures above).

Sundry shop with parang, Lachau - 2006

Handicrafts are sold in a few shops in Lachau including parang (slashing knife). Parang are useful for slashing thick tropical foliage. One of the shops stocks raw honey straight from the bee farms. It has bubbles and tastes different from the commercial canned honey.

Kuching-Sarikei road trip - 2006

Get ready your camera for continuous shots because scenic areas with cloud shrouded mountain ranges flash by quickly. The above does not do justice to the nice scenary as we missed some great shots due to the lack of stopping areas.

Milestone next to wet padi field

Wet padi (rice) in irrigated paddy fields prevent weeds from outgrowing the padi (which can withstand water better). The water is drained before the padi harvest. Rice is also be grown on dry land like hill sides with chemical weed controls. The grains of the padi are milled using a rice huller to remove the chaff (outer husks) to get brown rice. If the germ and the rest of the husk (bran) are further removed, you get white rice with much less nutrients. The white rice may be buffed with glucose or talc powder to get polished white rice. The stalks of the padi can be dried to become straws that are used for basketry and handicrafts. Rice paddies are habitats for birds, amphibians and snakes. OK, let's continue with the journey.

Kuching-Sarikei road trip - 2006

Are we there yet?


Kanga said...

Looking at the photos of the Kuching-Sarikei road, I think its time for me to try travelling to Sarikei by road again! Going to Sarikei via Sibu by air is quicker but by road direct is more nostalgiaic. The road looks better now and the views along the road is unique. As a youngster, my very first trip to Kuching took for ever (6am to 5pm)and return trip took 2 days (stay overnight in the town then named Simmangang??)Well there is definite progress isn't it?

Sim Y said...

In fact, I travel back from Kuching to Sarikei almost every year by road for the past 15 years.

But I may miss going back to Sarikei next year.

Kanga said...

Hi Sim Y. I bet you almost recognise every tree and every pole along the way. lucky you!

burunghelang said...

The many trips that I have taken to/fro Kuching, never gotten to complete the entire trip on a smooth bitumen surfaced road.

Anonymous said...

It's worthwhile travelling one way by road from Kuching and one way by sea (non-monsoon seasoon) back or via Sibu. Simmangang is now called Sri Aman (2nd Divsion capital).

Burung Helang,
The good news: starting last CNY 2006, the road from Kuching to Sarikei is 100% smooth surfaced road. No more bumpy roads or sore bums from Sebangkoi stretch.

See you at CNY 2007 in Sarikei. CNY in Dubai is no fun.

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